Archive | April, 2011

DECORATING: black + gold palette

22 Apr

glam library + residential project from kelly wearstler
impressive projects from bisazza mosaico tile company. even a gym can be transformed into a luxurious space with the right colour combination!

as an ancient material, gold embodies a warm richness and superior luxury – while black grounds a space and commands drama. together, black + gold envelope you in an ultimate feeling of lavishness. use both together for instant luxe.

TRENDING: navajo desert chic

19 Apr

browsing through the latest issue of rue i came across an awesome desert photoshoot. something about it made me fall in love… maybe it was the feeling of being free-spirited in a vacant landscape. a nomadic way of life that is unrestricted. whatever it is, i’ve now got the craving for sand, sky and cactus!

for weathered cowhides + wind tousled hair + frivolity in the sand, check out more photos from that shoot here.
continuing my look-see, i found these great navajo blankets on designsponge
inspired from native american culture.
and we are now beginning to see this look everywhere + on the runways. isabel marant fall 2011 navajo-inspired looks from

INSPIRING: energetic living room

13 Apr

now, this is my kind of room – vibrant + bold; outfitted in one of my favourite colour palettes! can you feel all of its’ energy bouncing around?

a play of hot orange, cool teal, with a fresh hit of green + great graphic fabrics + an oversized bull’s-eye mirror, that all pop against a glossy, dark background. oh, and that hardwood chevron floor… wow, i think i’m drooling.

DIY-ING: gallery style wall

11 Apr

when creating a gallery style wall for a work space, add interest by using a range of pieces. art, photos, beautiful images, sentimental objects + the cork board allows you to keep fabrics and other samples on hand… anything goes, the more the better! be sure to put up things that are special to you + give you inspiration.

1 i traced out all of my selected pieces on a huge roll of craft paper + cut each one out, to act as a marker on the wall. i also labelled what each paper represented just incase (blossom = cherry blossom print).

2 then i taped each template into the desired placement. i moved each piece around until i got it right + levelled. i left the computer monitor on the desk to act as a marker for how low the lowest items should be placed.

3 next, i measured the distance from the top of the cork board to where the nails would sit + marked it on the paper template.

4 i hammered the nails in place + took down the paper template.

5 the cork board was the first one to go up. i followed steps 3 + 4 for each frame and worked around the board, using its’ edges to ensure straight placement everywhere else.

DIY-ING: upcycled cork board + an unusual material

11 Apr
1 that’s an old ikea print on canvas (yeah, i was bored one day and had my way with it) but the frame is really sturdy so i thought it would be a great idea to give it a new life in some way… cork board it is! laying on top of it was something that my mom had framed for me when i was a little girl. so, naturally i ripped it apart because that matting would just not do in a modern world. yep, both are getting the spray treatment.

2 because the print was quite heavy on its own, i didn’t want to weigh it down with thick cork, especially if it was being hung on wall. so instead of a roll, i purchased a package of 6 thin cork sheets. perfect – light as a feather!

3 to stick the cork to the back of the canvas, i used spray adhesive to ensure an even coat was distributed (vs. bottled glue, which would have to be dribbled around and would probably cause lumps). make sure you put down a tarp and are careful of your surroundings, as spray adhesive remains tacky + can be messy!

4 that’s all 6 sheets glued on.

5 both canvas and matting have been sprayed in Window Grey. about 3-4 coats each.

6 i wanted to mimic the Chinoiserie style trellis pattern that is so hot right now, but didn’t want to make it very complicated for myself. i thought about painting it on… but that could be really time consuming. stenciling? but where would i find a stencil like that? i knew i wanted the motif to be crisp + black. then something genius came to mind – guess what i used… drumroll please… electrical tape! i knew i had some laying around, so when i found it i just started taping away! i freehanded it, and loosely used the guidance of a ruler every now and then (for the longer middle parts). and the absolute beauty of this material is that you can lift it off and re-jig it whenever you want! it doesn’t loose its’ stickiness, doesn’t rip off the paint + the elasticity is amazing. all i have to say is that electrical tape is severely underrated.

7 that’s the final upcycled product! check out my next post to see how i used this cork board in another project!

…electrical tape… who would’ve thought?!

TRENDING: ikat, batik + dye, oh my!

8 Apr
some of the oldest methods of patterning have made their comeback + are here to stay. dyed, dipped, printed – whatever the process, these ethnic pieces are truly delicious eye candy.

west elm ikat ogee linen window panel, west elm essex upholstered ottoman, old navy convertible linen-blends tote, forever21 ikat chiffon dress, abc carpet silk ethos, madeline weinrib dove remy pillow, urban outfitters osborn ikat oxford

madeline weinrib sunburst stripe pillow, forever21 batik tassel scarf, aldo magen shoe, madeline weinrib saffron luce ikat clutch, john robshaw jaggery bedding, etsy ginette1223 ikat pillows purple lavender

STYLING: doug + tim’s garage overhaul

6 Apr
Style at Home Magazine – May 2011
styling vanessa bottoni
photography donna griffith

doug + tim’s backyard/garage revamp with fun, punchy colours of orange + pink
perfect outdoor getaway for entertaining or just enjoying the days of summer

read more about it in the latest issue of Style at Home!

LOVING: my top 3 from the one of a kind show

4 Apr

i was pleasantly surprised when i came across this booth. actually, i could not believe my luck! for months i’ve coveted shadowboxed butterflies and couldn’t find any sources with reasonable prices. i did come across an american company, but quickly nixed them off the list. not only would i have to pay for international shipping, but i would also have to pay for permits to ship natural goods across borders… issues that could quickly become headaches – not something i was up for. after time i just forgot about it all. so when i spotted this booth, my eyes lit up + i swiftly cut through the crowd and made a bee line straight for this set. the top butterfly changes colour in the light and goes from electric blue to a greeny turquoise + the bottom one is chartreuse and black. perfect combinations together, so i just had to buy these beauties!

(f.y.i. i have a penchant for butterflies, as the greek meaning of my name is a genus of these beautiful creatures. so you will see more butterfly related stuff in the future ;))

one glance at his paintings – and i was lured in. i love anything abstract, but what i was most drawn to was his use of vibrant aquas and tealy greens + how those refreshing colours dissipated into a mysterious dark background. david told me that he uses gouache, which is also my favourite medium. i told him that if i could afford this painting, i’d take it home in an instant. this piece will be on my wishlist forever!

david, a graduate of ocad + member of the ontario society of artists, also does amazing architectural renderings. i was so surprised when he told me that they were also rendered in gouache – who would have known that his crisp, meticulously detailed illustrations were done with paint? he is seriously talented and has inspired me to make time for what i love to do, too. so we’ll see what i come up with in the near future…

“Emerald Forest”, david dawson

i got to speak with lee from clark wood fire and was awed when he shared with me his process for firing his pottery. it’s an extremely physical and intense ritual, where the fire is stoked every 3-5 minutes, 24 hours a day, up to 11 days… wow, what dedication. but to lee and his partner, yolande their work is their life and a humbling, spiritual journey. to learn more about it please check out their website, or visit their etsy shop, burnt normal.

also, an intersting fact – the layers of colouring + glaze occur naturally over days, each time the fire is stoked. there are no dyes added. also, each piece is semi-transparent.

DOING: the one of a kind spring show – toronto

3 Apr
from the second i walked into the building, until the moment i left – i was completely overwhelmed by all the buzzing and excitement of the show goers. the ooh-ing and ah-ing from the crowds secured my belief that in a world of mostly mass-produced stuff – a great number of people still appreciate the time/effort/passion put into all things handmade. it made me smile. and the abundance + range of talent which was displayed was incredible. check out some of my fave things below!

red antler console by pallafray

“Landscape Fantasty” marbling works by robert wu

on display: leather scraps + studs used to create this perfect pouch for spring/summer

natural tourmaline necklace by biko

on display: sculptural, yet functional pieces by potter, chari cohen

another great part of the show – the mouth watering samples given out from places like: m thompson chocolates: i’ve never tasted anything more creamier or delicious than the peanut butter chocolate squares… to die for. tracy’s wine jellies: i purchased a jar of the bumbleberry gourmet spread. but don’t let it fool you – this sugarless jelly was so naturally sweet and yummy! tickleberry’s: tart blueberry in a thick coat of milk chocolate. need i say more?

check out the website to view all artisans and their info at

the next one of kind show is in the fall – don’t miss it!

(and despite all the interruptions, delays, shuttle busses and transit chaos we had to go through to attend, it was well worth it!)
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